The Mathematics of Craft (Invited Workshops)
Maths Craft is a non-profit initiative founded in 2016 and run by academics who are passionate about engaging the public with mathematics through craft. The inaugural Maths Craft event was the Maths Craft Festival held in the Auckland Museum in 2016, and sponsored by Te Pūnaha Matatini. Following the success of the Festival, where almost 2,000 people were entertained by the mathematics in craft and the craft in mathematics, we were inundated with requests to go on the road with our quirky brand of maths outreach. The result is Maths Craft New Zealand, a nationwide series of events supported by an Unlocking Curious Minds grant. This year, in addition to an even bigger flagship Festival at the Auckland Museum, there will be events in Wellington, Christchurch, and Dunedin, along with a series of workshops. Our aim is to show young and old alike the fun, creativity, and beauty in mathematics through the medium of craft, and to demonstrate just how much mathematics there is in craft.